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Lobbying against compassion: a review of the ethics of persuasion when nonhuman animal suffering is involved

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dc.contributor.author Almiron, Núria, 1967-
dc.contributor.author Aranceta Reboredo, Olatz
dc.date.accessioned 2023-07-31T07:13:11Z
dc.date.available 2023-07-31T07:13:11Z
dc.date.issued 2022
dc.identifier.citation Almiron N, Aranceta-Reboredo O. Lobbying against compassion: a review of the ethics of persuasion when nonhuman animal suffering is involved. Methaodos. 2022;10(2):410-8. DOI: 10.17502/mrcs.v10i2.575
dc.identifier.issn 2340-8413
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10230/57729
dc.description.abstract This paper departs from a critical animal studies perspective—that is a perspective critical with speciesist anthropocentrism—in order to problematize public relations by industries harming other animals. To this end, it reviews the ethical and theoretical frameworks raised by critical public relations in order to adopt a critical stance towards what we call here “lobbying against compassion”—the practice of public relations, mainly lobbying, to justify the exploitation of nonhuman animals by some industries. We first examine the role of compassion as a strong motivator for prosocial behaviours as discussed by philosophy and social psychology. Second, we examine compassion towards animals from the lens of public relations and communication. Third, we conduct a literature review to identify the ethical frameworks raised by previous critical public relations literature, which can also be used to justify the cultivation of compassion toward other animals. Finally, we argue that an ethics of persuasion that incorporates compassion towards the suffering of other animals—and therefore avoids endorsing animal suffering—is unavoidable for public relations theory and practice to be ethically reinforced.
dc.description.sponsorship This work was supported by the Spanish State Research Agency (Agencia Estatal de Investigación, AEI) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) under grant PID2020-118926RB-I00; and by the Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities under Grant PRE2021-099988.
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
dc.relation.ispartof methaodos: Revista De Ciencias Sociales. 2022;10(2):410-8.
dc.rights Esta obra está bajo una licencia internacional Creative Commons Atribución-NoComercial 4.0.
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/
dc.title Lobbying against compassion: a review of the ethics of persuasion when nonhuman animal suffering is involved
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.17502/mrcs.v10i2.575
dc.subject.keyword ethics
dc.subject.keyword interest groups
dc.subject.keyword lobbying
dc.subject.keyword nonhuman animals
dc.subject.keyword persuasion
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/2PE/PID2020-118926RB-I00
dc.relation.projectID info:eu-repo/grantAgreement/ES/3PE/PRE2021-099988
dc.rights.accessRights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.type.version info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion

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